The After Life bench was installed at the Arboretum to allow people to sit and relax in aid of mental health. Image credit: Sophie Newsome

Grief is a motion that everyone will go through at some point in their life which begs the question why does it remain such a taboo topic?

Ricky Gervais has used his comedy drama Afterlife on Netflix to break the stigma that is attached to grief.

The streaming service and suicide prevention charity CALM have created a mental health campaign following this series and have donated 25 benches across the country with two being contributed to Nottingham Arboretum and Highfields Park.

Eddie Curry, Head of Public Realm at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are delighted to be chosen to have two of these Benches of Hope in the city.

“People have really relied on our open spaces during lockdown for exercise, wellbeing and their mental health.

“These benches will provide even more opportunities to sit, be still and chat as well as offering a chance to reflect.”

Dealing with grief can take a toll on an individuals mental health.
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Talking about sensitive subjects such as grief and mental health can help to make a positive impact in this fields and projects such as these are pivotal in making change.

Sue Andrew, 60 retired Grandmother said: “People are provided with a place to sit and relax which will make people more likely to be open with their discussions.

“I think after lockdown and the isolation people have faced from other people these could be a real lifesaver.”

These benches help to provide a safe space for people, but also provide a gentle encouragement.

Mrs Andrews adds: “Those who struggle to walk far can sit and regain the strength to carry on.”

This may encourage people who would usually struggle to go on a long walk to do so which in turn is a good activity for people to clear their mind to better their mental health.

The bench was installed after inspiration from Ricky Gervais Netflix comedy drama ‘After Life’.
Image credit: Sophie Newsome

The benches in Nottingham have been engraved with a quote from series three of the show “Hope is Everything.”

Both benches feature a QR code which leads to online resources so that those who have used the bench to reflect and want to reach out for help can do so.

Confidential helplines are readily available for people who need that extra support such as CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or Mind 0300 123 3393.